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Inwood Art Works On Air
47 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Melissa Moschitto
Melissa Moschitto is a director, writer and producer, and the Founding Artistic Director of The Anthropologists – a theater group dedicated to the collaborative creation of investigative theatre that inspires action. Melissa holds a B.A. in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has led devising workshops for Hofstra University, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the Berkshire Fringe, and among many others. For more information visit www.theanthropologists.org
44 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Live N' Local with John Albin
John Albin is a blues and jazz guitarist, composer, and vocalist who has been playing in and around NY since the early 1980s. John has appeared at many of the City's blues, jazz, and rock venues, and can most often be heard in a jazz guitar duet with Mike Melkonian. The two have been regulars (pandemic permitting) at Kismat Indian Restaurant in Washington Heights and Bettola Italian Restaurant on the Upper West Side. John also performs with his jazz-influenced original blues band Blue Food, most recently at the Washington Heights Jazz Festival, and is a stalwart of the burgeoning Upper Manhattan jazz jam scene. You can check out more of John's music on Soundcloud.
31 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Brian Mihok
We're turning our spotlight on writer, editor, filmmaker, and photographer, Brian Mihok. His novel The Quantum Manual of Style was published by Aqueous Books in 2013 and his work has appeared in The Disconnect, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere. He is also the editor and co-founder of “matchbook literary magazine” and associate editor of “sunnyoutside.” As a filmmaker, Brian created “Birdhouse Films” to “create small films and quick heart beats.” His shorts “Parachutes” and “Three Trees (in Three Parts) were both official selections at the Inwood Film Festival, among others. And, his short film "Sunspots" was selected as a grant recipient of the inaugural Inwood Film Festival Filmmaker Fund from Inwood Art Works. Check out all of Brian's artistic endeavors at www.brianmihok.com
42 minutes | May 27, 2021
Live N' Local with Marco Lienhard
This Live N' Local episode features Inwood resident and the director of both Taikoza and East Winds Ensemble, Marco Lienhard. Marco lived and performed in Japan for 18 years as a member of the legendary Taiko group Ondekoza under director Tagayasu Den (who instigated the renaissance of Taiko). In Ondekoza, he mastered the Taiko, the Shinobue, the Noh flute and the Shakuhachi under Katsuya Yokoyama. Marco has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, among others, and his music has been nominated five times for the “Just Plain Folks Awards” in 2014 and in 2019 for best song, and best album for Instrumental and Asian Music. Go to www.taikoza.com to keep up with Marco!
38 minutes | May 20, 2021
Live N' Local with Chris Way
Since 2000, Inwood-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Chris Way has been making and recording a mix of folk, lo-fi pop, classical guitar, ambient, & improvisational guitar works. In 2009 he released "Needle Out" - a raw, melodic set of ten songs about growing up in Florida. 2010 saw a change in direction with the release of a collection of lo-fi, improvised and semi-improvised works entitled "Los Caracoles: Improvisations for Solo Guitar & Voice, Vol. 1." His latest release, "White Hidden Flower" – is a 17-song mix of classical instrumental and folk-pop originals and covers that are dynamically soft and tender, dark and intense, clean and lo-fi. Check out more from Chris Way at www.soundcloud.com/mangrovecoil
43 minutes | May 13, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Don Rice
We're turning our spotlight on Broadway music copyist and local Inwood historian, Don Rice. Don has made a distinguished career as a music copyist on and Off Broadway, and well beyond. His projects have included: Jelly’s Last Jam, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, Frozen, and many other theater, film and television productions. In addition, Don is local historian for the Inwood community. He serves as President of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, and his co-author of "Lost Inwood."
40 minutes | May 6, 2021
Live N' Local with Louise Rogers & Mark Kross
On this Live N" Local podcast we welcome Louise Rogers and composer and pianist, Mark Kross of Jazz Wahi. Legendary jazz critic, Nat Hentoff, has praised Louise’s work as "the most joyously encouraging way of expanding the audience for jazz." Recently, Louise was named a 2021 “Jazz Hero” by the Jazz Journalists Association. Pianist, composer, educator, and bandleader Mark Kross has composed over 120 works for jazz ensembles of all sizes and shapes, from solo piano to orchestra with chorus. In 2015 Louise and Mark formed Jazz WaHi, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering live jazz and music education in their Washington Heights, NY, neighborhood. Find out more at www.jazzwahi.com
34 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Carlos Deschamps
Carlos Deschamps is an Uptown native who creates short films and does photography work under his brand Cinematic Heights Productions. His short films Distances and Horror in the Heights both were official selections at the Inwood Film Festival. Raised by a Dominican family in Washington Heights and Harlem, Carlos knows the importance of a community in a small neighborhood. He loves to eat all kinds of food, enjoys learning about various cultures and their histories. Putting that passion to use, he has created and co-hosts a new podcast called Empanadas Sin Raisins with his best friend Ariel Gonazlez, in which they have an entertaining and educational discussion about topics that heavily influences society. To keep up with Carlos, follow @cinematicheights on Instagram.
39 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Laurel Parrish
We turn our artist spotlight on theatrical wardrobe professional, Laurel Parrish. Laurel graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is proud member of IATSE Local 764, the theatrical wardrobe union, in New York City. Her career has spanned many companies and venues, from The Juilliard School to Ringling Brothers to Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. She has been with the Broadway musical Wicked since it opened in 2003, first as a principal dresser, then as the Glinda dresser for many years. Currently she holds several positions at Wicked including managing the costume stock and acting as the Advance Wardrobe Supervisor on the Wicked National Tour. You can keep up with Laurel on instagram @laureleeena.
49 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Live N' Local with Nick Grinder
Hailed by Slide Hampton as “an important future voice in jazz trombone” and “modern, forward thinking, and powerfully melodic” by JazzEd, Nick Grinder is a versatile trombonist and low brass doubler in New York City. He has shared the stage or recording studio with artists such as Lorde, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti Labelle, DMX, St Vincent, and many others. He has performed in two dozen Broadway pits, in the Grammy award winning big bands of Arturo O'Farrill, Alan Ferber, and has recorded as a sideman on over 20 jazz albums. In addition, Nick has been a leader by released two albums of original compositions for small group - Ten Minutes, and Farallon. You can find more of Nick's music at www.nickgrinder.com.
30 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Ellen Mullen
With several years in the arts, Ellen Mullen is a theatrical badass. She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University, worked in CAA’s theater department, and raised a joyful hell as the Flea Theater’s Audience Development Manager. You can find her during the day writing, editing, and playing with words all day as the Associate Creative Director of Situation; where she dreams up content to help build brands for clients that range from Meals on Wheels to the Tony Awards. At night, Ellen exercises her digital creativity as a filmmaker. And, her short film: "Effacement" was selected as a grant recipient of the Inwood Film Festival Filmmaker Fund from Inwood Art Works. After listening, do yourself a favor and keep up with Ellen and her projects at www.ellenmullen.com.
55 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Live N' Local with Ric Molina
On this Live N" Local podcast we welcome guitarist Ric Molina. Born and raised in NYC, he has played the road on Broadway national tours, such as Big River and The Who’s Tommy, and for the past 17 years he has been the guitar chair 1 and assistant conductor for the smash Broadway musical Wicked. Previous to Wicked, he played a different kind of “Popular” music by overseeing the musical direction of the pop boy band 98 Degrees from the moment of their accent to super-stardom; hiring three separate touring groups and also recording with the band. Ric’s work has also extended to television; having composed the underscore music for three seasons of The Electric Company as well as the cartoon Prankster Planet on PBS. In June of 2019, he was cast to play the part of the guitarist in “The San Juan Hill Serenaders” in the forthcoming remake of West Side Story by Steven Spielberg. Aside from his work on-screen and commercial stages, he can be found sitting in and playing with various bands including “The Ric Molina Group” and “The Uptown Guitars.”
29 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Calvin Ahn
We're turning our spotlight on professional actor and stuntman, Calvin Ahn. After graduating from Oberlin College, Calvin has immersed himself in studying stage combat, film combat and has trained in martial arts for over 20 years. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has studied Kajukenbo, a traditional Northern Shaolin Kungfu and Jeet Kune Do. He currently is an instructor in JKD and Kungfu in NYC, as well as a NASM-certified personal trainer. As an actor, he has has appeared on such shows as Law & Order: SVU, Late Night w/Conan O'Brien and Gotham. As a stuntman, he has appeared on such shows as Cobra Kai, Lovecraft Country, FBI and many others. Aaron speaks with him about acting, fighting, and making it happen as an Asian American artist.
45 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Live N' Local with Daniel Linden
On this Live N" Local podcast we welcome trombonist and composer, Daniel Linden. After receiving a M.M. from the New England Conservatory in Trombone Performance, Daniel toured the U.S., Europe and Asia with orchestras, opera companies and rock bands. He has played regularly on Broadway, Off Broadway, and numerous festivals including: the Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Bang on a Can Marathon. Active in world music and jazz, Daniel has worked with David Byrne, Slavic Soul Party, Asphalt Orchestra, The Ed Palermo Big Band, The Gregorio Uribe Big Band and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars. Daniel has taught trombone at Brandeis University and is a teaching artist for Carnegie Hall. However, for this On Air session he put down his trombone and picked up his guitar (and computer) to share his brand new original compositions with us. Listen up! Then check out more of his music at www.daniellindenmusic.com
20 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Amy Joy Robateau & Tim W. Brown
Since 2017, Amy Joy Robateau and Tim W. Brown have co-hosted the biweekly Art in the Basin open mic series in the NW Bronx. Amy Joy Is an artist, published poet, writer, and the creator, producer and director of several YouTube channels including: A. Joy Cloud, Where is Blaze?, Imagination Welcomed and Art In The Basin. She is also the founder and director of the Art In The Basin’s Virtual Open Mic (VOM) Series. Tim W. Brown is the author of four novels, Deconstruction Acres, Left of the Loop, Walking Man, and Second Acts, which won the 2010 London Book Festival Award for General Fiction. We talk about their work, building community through art in the NW Bronx, and so much more.
42 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Live N' Local with Tatyana Kalko
Tatyana Kalko wants to soothe your heart and make you cry at the same time with sincere yet irreverent storytelling and uplifting old world melodies, Born in Belarus and currently residing in NYC, she admits to being influenced by the likes of Anton Chekhov, Leonard Cohen and The Beatles. A classically trained singer and self-taught guitarist and piano player, Tatyana embraces contemporary sounds alongside her rich Slavic and Jewish heritage, performing everything from acoustic folk and electro pop, to jazz standards, French chanson and Russian and Yiddish classics. After you hear her perform live On Air, head on over to her bandcamp page to hear the studio versions and more great music from Tatyana.
35 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Carl Pasbjerg
This episode's spotlight is on Broadway producer and general manager Carl Pasbjerg. Carl was the general manager for Memphis the Musical, Guys and Dolls, First Date, and The Illusionist, among many other Broadway shows. Most recently, he manages the musical sensation Come From Away, which won the 2017 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and Outstanding Book of a Musical, as well as the 2017 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Tune in to hear Carl's thoughts on being a GM, putting together a show, and what it will take to re-launch Broadway.
30 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Natasha Rivera & Seamus Boyle
Natasha Rivera is a NYC native Director/ Producer who got her start in the industry as an Assistant director working on shows such as the Emmy Award Winning Series: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Ryan Murphy's “The Politician” for Netflix, and the indie darling “Random Acts of Flyness” (HBO). Seamus Boyle has a background in acting with credits Off-Broadway in productions such as the Obie winning "A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Church of Scientology Pageant" and also appearing on television on series such as USA’s "Royal Pains," and the Epix series "The Godfather of Harlem." He also proudly serves as an active firefighter in the FDNY. Together, as husband and wife, they co-founded Boiling River Productions to create character driven stories that are socially conscious, exciting and captivate audiences with heartwarming magic. Their first short film: "Pedicab" was the Audience Favorite at the Peekskill Film Festival and their 2nd film: "Archive & The Storyteller" was selected as a grant recipient of the Inwood Film Festival Filmmaker Fund from Inwood Art Works.
38 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Artist Spotlight with Eva Nikolova
Eva Nikolova is a Bulgarian‐born visual artist and long-time Inwood resident who works in drawing, painting, printmaking, hand‐drawn animation and cameraless photography. She holds a BFA in Painting/Printmaking from Southern Illinois University and MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University. Her work, which is in the permanent collections of Temple University, The Amity Art Foundation, Manhattan Graphics Center, Arkansas State University and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, has been exhibited nationally as well as in Germany, England, Canada, Scotland and India. Nikolova is the recipient of over 20 scholarships, fellowships, grants and fully‐funded residencies that you can check out at www.evanikolova.com.
38 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Live N' Local with Paul Brantley
Composer and cellist Paul Brantley is a five-time MacDowell colony fellow who has also received fellowships from the BAM Center and the Anderson Center. He has recently enjoyed performances of his music by The Knights, the Horszowski Trio, the Flux Quartet, and the Memphis Symphony. Brantley recently a composed cello concerto, the Royal Revolver, for Eric Jacobson of The Knights. He co-founded the Seal Bay Festival and was artist faculty at Yellow Barn Music Festival. Brantley was a Manhattan School of Music artist faculty from 2000 to 2014, and he was invited to give a composition seminar at Yale University in 2012. He is also the director and cellist of the newly formed Mercury Chamber Players.
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